Dept of Pharmacology strives to train undergraduate and post graduate students of the college in pharmacology with the following mission statement:
‘To impart the understanding of the pharmacological basis of therapeutics so as to enable the future doctors to prescribe rationally, to differentiate hype on drugs from truth and work actively to contribute to the achievement of the national health goals’
Started in 1963 under the first head of the dept of Maj Bopardikar, the dept has modulated itself as per the evolving needs of the affiliated university and medical, dental and nursing councils. For the first seven years since its inception, the dept provided only undergraduate training. In the year 1970, the dept was recognized by University of Pune for post graduate course in pharmacology leading to the award of MD Pharmacology. In the period between 1970 and 1995 several civilian doctors underwent post graduate training in the dept and are now highly placed in the country and abroad. To cater to the needs of the Armed Forces Medical Services, in the year 1993, post graduation for the service officers was also started in the form of advanced specialist course. Fourteen service officers have successfully completed the advanced specialist course so far and four of them are currently on the faculty.
Dept of pharmacology has a vibrant post graduate teaching program catering to various aspects of experimental and clinical pharmacology. The training is conducted so as to produce a blend of traditional skills along with a modern outlook so that the trainees can start from scratch on any drug related issue and are capable to take the matter to logical conclusion. Hands on practical training of drug assays and pharmacometrics are supported by thoughtfully planned seminars and journal article presentations. The faculty and post-graduate trainees undertake and participate in research projects in addition to their teaching work. The dept also inculcates and encourages research aptitude in undergraduate students and help them to undertake short term studentship research projects under the aegis of Indian Council of Medical Research and also departmental research projects.
In addition to the core activity of training students for II MBBS and MD (Pharmacology), the dept is involved in teaching pharmacology to students of BSc Nursing, MSc (OT) Nursing, MSc (Ortho) Nursing, MDS and service course for pharmacists. The course for pharmacists was started under dept of Medicine and was transferred to pharmacology in 1963. The pharmacy section has trained 1279 qualified pharmacists and they are serving in various service hospitals and also running pharmacies in civil, post retirement.
The dept is housed in a heritage building which despite many modifications evokes strong nostalgic feelings in the alumni visiting the alma mater after a long time.